It all began on April 5, 1895, at the University of Arkansas when four young women, with the help of a local dentist, established the secrets and symbolism that today bind over 260,000 women. This small band of women founded Chi Omega after realizing a need for an organization that would foster both friendship and respect for the potential and inherent value of women. Over the years, Chi Omega has provided its members with unique opportunities in leadership, scholarship, and lifelong friendship - striving to provide each Sister with a commitment to personal integrity, excellence in academic and intellectual pursuits, intergenerational participation, community service, leadership opportunities and social enrichment.
Shortly after moving to La Grange, Illinois in 1950,
Norma "Bennie" Bennett Sammons Komarek (Theta
Beta) placed an advertisement in the local newspaper looking for
result was impressive! Sisters from La Grange and Hinsdale began meeting and
socializing immediately. "The roots of the group came together
quickly," says Komarek.
Komarek fashioned the Chapter's
organizational structure with Mary Lou Cole (Iota Gamma). In 1953, Cole volunteered to serve as the first President, with Komarek following in her place.